DUBAI 17 August 2017: Melbourne’s reign as the world’s most liveable city has been extended for an unprecedented seventh year by Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) annual Liveability Index.
The Index surveys 140 of the world’s cities.
Dubai has been ranked as the best in the Middle East and the second fastest rising star on the global list.
In other rankings, recently, Abu Dhabi has been named the ‘safest’ and the second best city in the world to live, work and do business in.
Since the index began in 2006, Melbourne has consistently come in the top three of the index. So what is it that keeps Melbourne at the top of the list? Melbourne ticks all the Liveability Index boxes and many others.
The city is the acknowledged cultural and sporting capital of Australia hosting major events including the Australian Open, the Formula One Australian Grand Prix and the Spring Racing Carnival.
It is home to universities that consistently rank among the world’s best, producing the highest number of technical graduates in the country and voted as one of the world’s top five student cities.
The State Government of Victoria is continuously investing in Melbourne’s infrastructure, including road tunnels and new roads to improve transport links, new trams and trains to enhance public transport, and its world-class convention centre which is undergoing an expansion to host the ever-growing number of conventions and exhibitions the city hosts.
Fuelled by its unrivalled lifestyle, Melbourne is growing rapidly with Australia’s highest rates of domestic and international migration. In fact Melbourne is now Australia’s fastest growing city, and is projected to overtake Sydney as Australia’s biggest city by 2030.
This is backed up by the announcement that Melbourne has also been awarded fDi magazine’s Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future winner in the category of Human Capital and Lifestyle. The city also ranked in the top five in mid-sized cities for Economic Potential and in the top ten overall for FDI Strategy in the same report.
And in a week of major announcements, Savills World Research’s Tech Cities 2017 report included Melbourne as one of the cities across the world at the forefront of the global tech industry.
Commissioner for Victoria to the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, Mr John Butler welcomed the announcements. “Melbourne and the state of Victoria has strong and well established links with this region through trade, tourism, investment, sport and culture,” said Mr Butler. “We are proud to see Melbourne consistently win this coveted accolade, and can only see the connection between the region and Victoria strengthening further on the back of two-way synergies and a mutually beneficial relationship.”
By Sheena Amos